The U.S. Navy base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, has been the subject of much controversy since being opened to house suspected terrorists. President Obama made closing the base one of the goals of his administration. Groups like the ACLU also want to see the detention center close, alleging it violates the detainees’ civil rights.
But at the moment, Gitmo remains open and it will host a special guest on the Fourth of July this year in the form of rap singer Chris Bridges — better known by his stage name, Ludacris.
The fewer than 6,000 residents of the base – which is inside a restricted military zone and includes troops, Navy families, 89 detainees, and Department of Defense contractors – were alerted that the three-time Grammy award winner will take the stage for a free show, which will be preceded by a fireworks display.
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The concert will take place in a parking lot-like structure several miles from the prison camps and is said to be the biggest event the base has seen in quite some time.
“Every year we get a special guest around the Fourth of July, but Gitmo hasn’t seen a star with as big a name as Ludacris in several years,” said Navy Chief Monique Hilley. “The base is really looking forward to it.”
Ludacris has played for the troops before, performing at Fort Meade in Maryland in 2010 and a welcome-home event in Fort Hood, Texas, for soldiers returning from Iraq.
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The rapper has previously been to Cuba for production of the popular Fast and Furious movie franchise, where shooting was done in Havana.
h/t: Vanity Fair
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